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Joe Biden shines the light on US's Sunni "allies" funding ISIS 
~October 03, 2014~

It is Friday noon, Oct03.2014, on the Left Coast. I have just checked RT and am sitting here stunned reading their snippets of  Joe Bidenís comments yesterday at Harvardís Institute of Politics. Finally, someone in the administration is talking truth about the mess in Syria. Well . . . mostly.

What RTís anonymous reporter is talking about is not comments Biden made during the speech itself, but, apparently, comments made in response to questions afterwards. I have found no video of these comments and RT is the only MSM organization reporting them. The blogosphere is just retweeting RT at this point. Here is the White House transcript of Bidenís speech.

RT has also published a new (<1200 views when I saw it) YouTube, (hereís a mp4 version) with talking head Andrew Farmer that airs what is purported to be an audio clip of Bidenís comments. But as important as these comments are and as big a thing as RT is making of them Ė and justifiably so Ė it is absolutely bizarre that RT editors have chosen to drown out much of the Biden audio with irrelevant background noise from battle scenes. In fact, the entire segment is quite amateurish in itís presentation, with reporter Gayane Chichakyan hollering into her mic in Russian at one point.

Here is my transcript of the Biden audio aired by RT, as best that I can hear it:

Our allies in the region are our largest problem in Syria. The Turks are great friends and I have a great relationship with Erdogan who I spend a lot of time with. The Saudis, the Emiratis, et cetera. What were they doing? They were so determined to take down Assad, they would essentially have a proxy-Sunni-Shia war Ė what where they doing? [Loud background audio makes Bidenís comments almost impossible to hear.] They poured hundreds of millions of dollars and ten thousands of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad. Except that the people who were being, who were being supplied Ė al-Nusra, and al-Qaeda, and extremist elements of jihadis coming from other parts of the world. And if you think Iím exaggerating, take a look. Where did all of this go? So now whatís happening? All of a sudden everybodyís awakened because this outfit called "ISIL" . . . [audio cut].

Of course, for anyone who has been watching this ISIS shit-storm develop, assertions that the Sunni nations have been funding these Salafist pigs are nothing new. Back in March.2014 Andrew Cockburn of the Independent noted:

In the past six months there have been signs of real anger in Washington at actions by Saudi Arabia and the Sunni monarchies of the Gulf in supplying and financing jihadi warlords in Syria who are now so powerful. US Secretary of State John Kerry privately criticised Prince Bandar bin Sultan, head of Saudi intelligence since 2012 and former Saudi ambassador in Washington, who had been masterminding the campaign to overthrow the Assad government.

And Josh Roginís Daily Beast piece four months ago anticipated Bidenís comments. In fact, accusations from various USG "unnamed sources" about Saudis funding terrorism, and al-Qaeda specifically, go all the way back to 9/11. Nothing new here.  I mean, give us the 28 pages. . .  

Whatís new is not the information, but who is saying it Ė the number two dude in America.

Finally someone in the administration has unambiguously pointed the finger directly at the Sunni powers in the Middle East for making a mess of Syria. And for all of Bidenís faults, being unambiguous is not one of them. He has named them by nameĖ Saudi Arabia, Turkey, UAE. They have been falling all over themselves for years trying to take out Assad. Itís a Sunni v. Shia thing Ė the Sunni and Shia have been squabbling over the Levant for 1400 years, and by "squabbling" I mean murdering each otherís leaders, massacring each otherís troops, and butchering each otherís children, and much of it in Syria. At least now Biden has put the conflict in itís proper historical context.

RT put the conflict in a different context, which may also be correct. Farmerís scripted notes tell us that the Sunnis are US/Saudi/Turkish proxies beating up on Assad because Assad and the Russians had a contract to build a pipeline across Syria in order to get oil out of Iran to the Mediterranean. It reinforces the idea that USG wouldn't swat a fly in the ME without an oil-motivation.

The RT theory sounds like the mirror image of the Iraq War back-story, for there are many who believe Saddam was attacked both times because he blocked the Becthel Aqba oil pipeline project to build a pipeline heading west to get oil out of Iraq via the Red Sea. It was when the Becthel deal fell through that Saddamís death warrant was signed. (See Crude Vision, Jim Vallette, Steve Kretzmann, and Daphne Wysham, Mar24.2003)

But when criticizing "our friends" for funding blood-thirsty Salafists in Syria, Biden neglected to mention uber-"friend" Israel, who has been a major supporter of these groups and promotes the Sunni-Shia butchery wherever it occurs. Think about this: Obama and Kerry flew all over the world to pull a "coalition" together to fight ISIS. They have the UK, France, Denmark, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Oz, UAE . . . even Poland's on board. So where is the strongest military power in the Middle East?  Where is the area's "only democracy," which is going to be the big winner in taking out ISIS, and then Assad?  Iím talkiní the Government of Israel.  As in Gulf War I Gulf War II, American lives are going to be put at risk and lost, Americans' tax money is going to go down the toilet, but GoI will be sitting it out.  Was GoI asked to join this war?  If not, why not?

Nobody wants Assad out of the way more then GoI. Assad is what is standing in the way of an attack on Iran. The Shia troika of Syria-Hezzbolah-Iran has to be broken up before GoI goes after Iran, and if a proxy-Shia-Sunni war over Syria brings down Assad, that would be just fine with GoI, which is why up until ISIS began knocking on the Golanís back door, GoI was fine with ISIS. When ISIS was pushing toward Baghdad, Netanyahu is reported to have told a think tank at Tel Aviv U. that ISIS is good for Israel. Of course, after the Foley video it might be too much for Ma and Pa America to ride with the idea of their billions of tax money supporting GoI, which supports ISIS. So the MSM has been mum on the GoI-ISIS link. But the blogsphere is lighting up about the so-called caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi being a Jewish Mossad agent named Eliot Simon or Simon Elliot. Goggle it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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